Category Archives: Technology

Improving accessibility to expert guidance

With the continuing cost savings being made by Local Authorities in leisure provision, especially that of sports surfaces and green space, along with limited resources for many sports clubs in maintaining their pitch or green to a safe and appropriate standard, there is a need to revisit how the large knowledge evidence base related to turfculture / grounds care, that has accrued over the years, can be made more easily accessible to users. The knowledge base is not a secret, but the ability to

Live search of turf standards

For some time now (we are talking years by the way) I’ve had a database (MySQL) sitting on the web with most of the performance standards for sports and amenity turf surfaces. I wanted to learn a bit about live search and querying of different databases (well different tables within a database) so decided this would make a good little project with a useful outcome. Performance standards for sports turf and amenity surfaces are available from a range of organisations,

Profession, Professional, Expert, Specialist

I’ve just started reading ‘The future of the professions’ by Richard and Daniel Susskind (2017) and it’s really gripping stuff. Within a few pages I’m already starting to reflect on how some of the terms they’ve introduced to set the foundations for the book might be contextualised to the groundsmanship industry. At first I didn’t give much thought to it, but then stopped and took a second take, so to speak. We all know there are plenty of professional groundstaff

Interactive grass identification

Traditional grass identification keys will typically focus on choosing between two options to gradually filter down options. This helps to quite accurately determine the relevant grass species. Sometimes the features included at certain stages of the keys can be difficult to judge by an inexperienced but keen user who goes down a false path and then has to back track. This can be off putting for some. To help make the process easier to follow and introduce some additional criteria

Web 1.0, 2.0, ++

A bite sized take on Web numbering Early numbers, 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, are generally fairly widely accepted, although anything higher is arguably more made-up and used for envisioning a concept, which may or may not deliver a tangible outcome. Some realistic and not so realistic outcomes…. Let’s start with Web 1.0, which was the original passive web which started it all off and allowed for the display and operation of hypertext links. The WWW was invented by Tim Berners